April brings artichoke season; I harvested a couple from my garden yesterday. Saturday's produce box from the co-op also contained artichokes.
|Photo: Four large cooked artichokes on a plate|
Select artichokes with tightly closed leaves. Artichokes are simple to prepare. Using kitchen shears, cut the leaves, trimming off the little poky parts. This step isn't really necessary, particularly with young artichokes, but it does make the vegetable look nice.
Steam until leaves come off easily, about 30-60 minutes, depending on size. Serve with melted salted butter. To eat, peel off each leaf, dip in the melted butter, then scrape off the tender inside of the leaf with your teeth. Once the leaves are gone, remove the fuzzy part, then enjoy the heart of the artichoke.
Artichokes are my favorite vegetable. What vegetable do you enjoy most?
Thanks for simple, delicious vegetables.